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Netflix’s original movies start arriving this October

Netflix’s original movies start arriving this October

It wasn't too long ago Netflix announced plans to make some original movies. The backlash in the industry was immediate. Some theaters revolted over same-day streaming releases, others called for boycotts. Not all were upset about the news, though, and it has largely boiled over. Netflix will proceeded with original movies the same way it has with original shows, and hopefully it won't let its users down. Though it has been vocal about its ambitions, the streaming service was quiet about its timeline. Now that has changed.

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Nintendo Miiverse has ‘big changes’ inbound

Nintendo Miiverse has ‘big changes’ inbound

Nintendo has revealed some upcoming ‘big’ changes for Miiverse, with new features being inbound as part of a redesign that will improve one’s ability to talk about the titles they’re playing. Included among all this will be a new look for different aspects of Miiverse, with items being broken down by category and those categories are getting a new look. Discussions, Drawings, and Journal entries will all have their own sections, and some other current features will be going away as a result.

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Getty Images will offer 360 degree content for Oculus

Getty Images will offer 360 degree content for Oculus

Getty Images has announced that its 360 degree content will be available on the Oculus Rift. This will give users a large library of 360-degree imagery to use with the VR platform, and especially a more immersive way to check out content from notable moments in recent times and the past. The collection for Oculus is called “360 View by Getty Images”, and presently it can be used with the Gear VR Innovator Edition for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 phones and the Galaxy Note 4. It will also be available for use with the Oculus Rift.

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Panasonic Lumix CM1 camera runs Android, launches in US

Panasonic Lumix CM1 camera runs Android, launches in US

Panasonic has launched its Lumix DMC-CM1 hybrid camera in the United States, where it will be selling the device at its retailers and online. The CM1 is unique because of its different assembly of features — there’s a 1-inch camera sensor, for starters, as well as Android and an unlocked GSM smartphone capability, making this a mobile device and camera all-in-one, but in a way that is different from your typical smartphone. The 1-inch sensor in particular enables the camera to take higher quality images than typical mobile cameras.

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Netflix rolling out its ‘first major update’ in years

Netflix rolling out its ‘first major update’ in years

Netflix announced today that it is rolling out a big update, something it says is its 'first major update' in the past four years. It is making its way to users now, and involves a complete rehash of the user interface that brings with it easier and faster ways to find the content you want. The previous interface (which is still the current one for many users) was white and introduced last summer, and not well liked among users. This latest interface is more akin to what some smart TV and set-top box users have enjoyed.

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Spotify reveals it has 20m+ Premium subscribers

Spotify reveals it has 20m+ Premium subscribers

Spotify faces some big competition from newly unveiled Apple Music, but for now things are looking up: the service has revealed its latest subscriber numbers, and they show good things for the company. Millions of new subscribers are on board with Spotify, and that includes a substantial number of users subscribing to Spotify Premium, the ad-free for-pay service that gets rid of ads and certain other limitations like being restricted to shuffle play. The numbers come shortly after Spotify's successful funding round.

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Leica Q unveiled: a compact camera with full-frame sensor

Leica Q unveiled: a compact camera with full-frame sensor

Leica has announced its new Leica Q camera, a digital shooter that is hailed as offering the fastest lens in its class. The new Q is a hybrid of sorts, sporting a compact design and easy to use interface alongside the image quality you get with the maker’s “M” lineup, including a full-frame sensor and optical image stabilization. Joining this is a new feature called “digital frame selector”, which allows the photographer to display the focal lengths (35 and 50mm) by pressing a button. The camera was made in Germany.

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Sony RX10 II boasts support for long 4K video recording

Sony RX10 II boasts support for long 4K video recording

Sony has introduced a pair of new cameras, the RX100 IV and the RX10 II camera. The RX10 II is a high-zoom shooter with the same 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor as the other aforementioned model, though it has a larger, more robust body than the RX100 IV's compact design. Sony says this model includes both a DRAM memory chip and fast signal processing, the combination of which results in 5x faster image data readout and other pro-level features.

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Netflix has four new kids shows inbound

Netflix has four new kids shows inbound

On Wednesday, Netflix announced four new animated series for kids, one of which will be arriving this coming September and the rest later on in 2016. There is Puffin Rock, which is an animated series for preschoolers that will be launching later this year. Joining it in 2016 will be a Netflix Original Series dubbedTarzan and Jane, Luna Petunia, another preschooler series that is inspired by Cirque du Soleils, and, finally, Kulipari: An Army of Frogs.

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Sling TV intros “Sling Latino” service with 22 channels

Sling TV intros “Sling Latino” service with 22 channels

Sling TV, the live television service offered by Dish Network, has slowly expanded its content offerings for Spanish-speaking subscribers, but today it has blown the doors open, launching a new “Sling Latino” service that brings with it nearly two dozen live channels for $12/month, and a lesser package with 16 channels for $7/month. This includes some of the top Spanish-speaking channels from well known networks, and includes on demand content. For those in certain countries there are some extra perks.

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